READ THE FALSEHOODS IN RED – VIOLATIONS OF THE SUNSHINE LAW IN BLUE
Since Town Manager Townsend’s resignation in 2012, the Town has experienced difficulty recruiting an experienced and qualified town manager. (Bill Lawrence was qualified but he couldn’t wait to leave this town. The Council would not let him speak much less listen to him. And, Townsend was not experienced.)
Council and the Town Attorney acted in good faith to identify and retain an interim Town Manager to administer the Town’s affairs. Council and the Town Attorney had no corrupt intent, and did not secure special benefit for themselves, nor for Mr. Jones who was retained through agreement with his consulting firm, CountyLine Design Business Services, Inc. (Not corrupt but possibly ignorant of the existing laws of Florida and the IRS. We have no complaints of Mr. Jones performance only that he is an interim town manager who the Town labels a consultant…but Mayor Miller definitely made a professional response not addressing the actual issue ) VIOLATION OF THE SUNSHINE LAW ON MULTIPLE COUNTS. SHOW ME THE PAPERWORK WHERE COUNTYLINE DESIGN BUSINESS SERVICES WERE LISTED IN HIS CONTRACT. IT IS NOT THERE.
Due to budgetary limitations on the funding available for employing a full-time experienced and qualified town manager, Council arrived at a consensus that a part-time administrator was more financially prudent. (And for a small town our size, the work should be able to be done part-time. In fact Townsend was a manager part-time and was the wastewater and water utilities person). THERE ID THAT WORD AGAIN, CONSENSUS. A PURE VIOLATION OF THE SUNSHINE LAW. CONSENSUS NOT ALLOWED PER SUNSHINE LAW.
Council determined that a consulting agreement was more appropriate than entering into an employment contract with a new administrator since Council Members wanted more time to determine the mix of skills needed in a new Town Manager, and, if indeed a full-time administrator was required, and (Gee did the council read the statutes and consult a tax attorney relating to their decision to have a “consulting agreement” which is absurd for one who is considered an Interim Town Manager under the control of the council) WHEN DID THEY DETERMINE AND WHEN WAS THE SET OF SKILLS NEEDED DETERMINED, NO MINUTES SUPPORT EITHER.
READ THE FALSEHOODS IN RED .THE VIOLATIONS OF THE SUNSHINE LAW IN BLUE.